I won't go hunting with you Jake, but
I'll go chasing women"
Back in the 50's there was
a well known radio host/comedian/song writer in Hollywood named Russ
Hamblin who was noted for his drinking, womanizing, partying, etc. One
of his bigger hits at the time was "I won't go hunting with you Jake,
but I'll go chasing women".
And along came a young preacher holding a tent revival. Hamblin had him
on his radio show, presumably to poke fun at him. And to gather more
material, Hamblin showed up at one of the revival meetings. Early in
the service the preacher announced, "There is one man in this audience
who is a big fake."
There were probably others who thought the same thing, but Hamblin was
convinced that he was the one the preacher was talking about (some would
call that conviction), but he was having none of that.
Still the words continued to haunt him until a couple of nights later he
showed up drunk at the preacher's hotel door around 2 am. Demanding
that the preacher pray for him. But the preacher refused, saying, "This
is between you and God and I'm not going to get in the middle of it."
But he did invite Russ in and they talked about 5 am at which point Russ
dropped to his knees and with
tears, cried out to God.
But that is not the end of the story. Russ quit drinking, quit chasing,
quit everything that was "fun". And began to lose favor with the
Hollywood crowd. He was ultimately fired by the radio station when he
refused to accept a beer company as a sponsor. Hard times were upon
him. He tried writing a couple of "Christian" songs but the only one
that had much success was "This Old House", written for his friend
As he continued to struggle, an old friend named John took him aside and
told him all your troubles started when you "got religion" and asked if
it was worth it all.
Russ answered simply, "Yes".
Then his friend said, "You liked your booze so much. Don't you ever
And the answer was, "No".
John then said, "I don't understand how you could give it up so easily."
And Russ's response was, "It's no big secret. All things are possible
To this John said, "That's a catchy phrase. You should write a song
And as they say, the rest is history. The song Russ wrote was "It Is No
Secret" - "It is no secret, what God can do. What He's done for others,
He'll do for you. With arms wide open, He'll welcome you. It is no
secret, what God can do." etc...
By the way, the friend was John Wayne, and the young preacher who
refused to pray for Russ Hamblin was Billy Graham. And now you know
"the rest of the story."